American tennis legend Stan Smith wears a pair of Adidas "Stan Smith" tennis shoes as he attends Day Three of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York, NY on August

Adidas "Stan Smith" Shoes (Photo credit: Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)

Skechers Shoe Nearly Identical To Adidas Icon

May 10, 2018
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court says a shoe made by American footwear giant Skechers is nearly identical to an iconic Adidas shoe and would likely confuse consumers about the manufacturers.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling blocking Skechers from selling its Onix shoe.

Adidas argued in a lawsuit that the Onix was a rip-off of its Stan Smith tennis shoe.

The 9th Circuit judges said the shoes had only minor differences, and there was evidence that Skechers intended to confuse consumers.

A spokeswoman for Skechers, Jennifer Clay, said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

The 9th Circuit allowed Skechers to sell its Cross Court shoe, saying Germany-based Adidas failed to show irreparable harm from the sale of that footwear.

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